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Orchard 1.7 Upgrade
Sep 26, 2013
Author: David Hayden
Orchard 1.7 Upgrade

Orchard 1.7 was recently released and has numerous new features to make Orchard CMS Development quite exciting. I just now upgraded this website to Orchard 1.7.1 just so I stay up-to-date on the latest versions. Although I won't be using the new Workflow Module, Media Library, Media Processing Module, Image Editor, and other cool features in Orchard 1.7 on this website, I may want them later should the opportunity arise.

AngularJS Book Review
Sep 26, 2013
Author: David Hayden
Tags: angularjs
AngularJS Book Review

It's exciting to see AngularJS books available even though the documentation is really good in my opinion. I first read Instant AngularJS Starter, which is an excellent introduction to AngularJS. This book, AngularJS, which was published later by O'Reilly also introduces AngularJS, but goes quite a bit further in its examples, discussion, best practices, and workflow. It's definitely a more difficult read and not something you read end-to-end in one sitting, but it tackles a lot more information than the starter book. Update 9/20/2013: Also read Mastering Web Application Development with AngularJS.

Custom Orchard CMS Modules on GitHub
Oct 16, 2012
Author: David Hayden
Custom Orchard CMS Modules on GitHub

I have developed 100's of custom Orchard CMS Modules over the past few years and I have just started to publish the source code on GitHub and the modules in the Orchard CMS Gallery when appropriate. It all starts with baby steps. As of this blog post there are just two Orchard Modules on GitHub and in the Orchard Gallery, but expect this to gain momentum quickly as I begin using GitHub for version control.

Responsive Web Design and Google Chrome Canary
Jul 10, 2012
Author: David Hayden
Tags: mobile
Responsive Web Design and Google Chrome Canary

I've been talking a great deal about responsive web design, and more importantly, responsive web design tools. All my latest custom Orchard Themes and Orchard Websites are responsive so they look good on mobile phones and tablets as well as desktop PC's. Responsive Web Design Tools are important and so I have mentioned quite a few tips and tools like: Responsive Web Design with Adobe Shadow, the new iPad and iPhone emulators in WebMatrix 2, the new Responsive Mode in Firefox, etc. Now I want to mention some really cool features in Google Chrome Canary.

Image Optimization and Compression in Microsoft WebMatrix 2
Jul 02, 2012
Author: David Hayden
Image Optimization and Compression in Microsoft WebMatrix 2

Here is another WebMatrix Tutorial showcasing a really cool feature in the new WebMatrix 2- Image Optimization. Again, this is another feature of the OrangeBits Compiler Extension that has really stolen the show in WebMatrix 2. I already discussed the CoffeeScript, Less, Sass, and Scss Compilation; iPhone and iPad Emulators; JavaScript and CSS Minification; NuGet Gallery Integration; and Publishing Websites to Windows Azure to name just a few of the cool features in WebMatrix 2.

Webmatrix 2 Minify CSS and JavaScript
Jul 01, 2012
Author: David Hayden
Webmatrix 2 Minify CSS and JavaScript

I have mentioned Microsoft WebMatrix 2 in a number of recent blog posts: WebMatrix Supports CoffeeScript, Less, Sass, and Scss; Creating Orchard Themes and Modules in WebMatrix 2; Download Orchard Modules and Themes via WebMatrix 2 Nuget Gallery; Mobile Web Development with WebMatrix 2 iPhone iPad and Windows Phone 7 Emulators; and Installing Orchard CMS as an Azure Web Site. Now I want to mention the ability to minify CSS and JavaScript using Microsoft Webmatrix!

Programming iOS 5 Book Review
Jun 18, 2012
Author: David Hayden
Tags: ios
Programming iOS 5 Book Review

I registered as an iOS developer with Apple and have been building simple iOS apps for the iPhone and iPad for awhile. These aren't professional apps mind you, but apps I develop and install on my own iPhone and iPad for kicks. I've read numerous books on iOS development and recently picked up a new book as part of the O'Reilly Blogger Review Program, called Programming iOS 5 - Fundamentals of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch Development.

Mobile Web Development with WebMatrix 2 iPhone and iPad Emulators
Jun 09, 2012
Author: David Hayden
Mobile Web Development with WebMatrix 2 iPhone and iPad Emulators

I've been playing with WebMatrix 2 throughout the day and am amazed at all the new features. Developing mobile websites using responsive web design, Kendo UI, and jQuery Mobile is a big part of my day. I use numerous tools and recently I mentioned Adobe Shadow and Firefox's new Responsive Mode so you can see how your media queries react on difference devices like the iPhone, iPad, etc. Even more amazing is that Microsoft WebMatrix 2 has plugins that include an iPhone Emulator, iPad Emulator, and Windows Phone 7 Emulator!